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Truss announces new details on CAP implementation

Truss announces new details on CAP implementation
Make a small change to organic this September, Soil Association urges
The Soil Association is today launching 2014’s Organic September campaign – the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic, which takes place in a...
14-08-2014 06:08 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops, News
Truss announces new details on CAP implementation
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has today announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers, whilst cal...
30-07-2014 02:23 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Farmers 'will be the main losers' of pollinator strategy, NFU warns
The NFU has strongly disagreed with the new Environment Audit Committee report on the National Pollinator Strategy which has called for a refocus to d...
28-07-2014 09:26 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops, News
Accept neonicotinoid ban, Defra warned
The government's draft National Pollinator Strategy needs to be transparent if it is to command public confidence, the Environmental Audit Committee h...
18-07-2014 10:32 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Public urged to help support our bees’ needs
Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted today to protect the vit...
01-07-2014 09:47 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Crops, News
Government must uphold ban on bee-harming pesticides
Ministers must stand up to intense lobbying from the pesticide industry by refusing to allow a banned bee-harming pesticide to be sprayed on Britain’s...
19-06-2014 03:18 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
NFU keen to work with government on new pollinator strategy
The NFU says it is keen to work with government on its new strategy to help pollinators as the first hearing by the Environmental Audit Committee gets...
07-05-2014 09:40 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Organic
Organic farming can help save bees
New evidence is already showing that the loss of bees and other pollinators is affecting farmers. New studies suggest that crops like field bean, ...
23-04-2014 04:31 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops, News
Super-early OSR brings forward the Sclerotinia risk
According to Dr Caroline Young from ADAS, this year's oilseed rape crops are up to a month ahead of the same time last year, with some plants flowerin...
21-04-2014 03:10 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, Finance, News
New grant aims to support declining bee population
The Duchy of Lancaster has announced a new Beekeeping Grant to encourage its farm tenants to support the country’s rapidly declining bee population. ...
03-04-2014 11:15 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Red spider mites in ornamental nurseries
With temperatures rising and day lengths extending, two-spotted spider mites (Panonchyus ulmi) in ornamental nurseries are reported to be coming out o...
27-03-2014 02:21 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Crops, News
Look out for Sclerotinia Outlook
Well-advanced oilseed rape crops plus warm temperatures and lengthening days come together to bring forward the risk of Sclerotinia, according to the ...
07-03-2014 06:21 AM | News, Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops
Defra announces consultation on pollinators
Defra has announced a consultation on the proposed national pollinator strategy. Pollinators are essential for biodiversity and pollination of essenti...
24-02-2014 04:11 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees
Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK’s wild bumblebees, according to research published in Nature. The s...
07-02-2014 05:26 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Koppert concentrating its efforts on the production of UK native bumblebees
To satisfy the demand for UK native bumblebees, Koppert expanded its production capacity last year and improved the stability of the production. The e...
05-02-2014 04:19 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Organic
Organic farms support more species, says research
On average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say Oxford University scientists. Researchers ...
16-01-2014 00:56 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops, News
EU clarifies labelling rules for honey and GM pollen
The European Parliament endorsed draft rules defining pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient, in a vote on Wednesday. Thi...
03-01-2014 09:11 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Three-year Bees Abroad project in Kenya wins Government funding
Bees Abroad has secured major funding from the UK Department for International Aid (DFID) for a three-year project to alleviate poverty through advanc...
31-12-2013 23:40 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, NFU
NFU President's New Year message: Back British farmers
In his final New Year’s message before stepping down as NFU President, Peter Kendall has stressed how farming depends on a healthy, stable environment...
03-12-2013 14:05 PM | Crops, News, Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal
Pesticides are 'part of the solution', says CPA as government consults on CAP greening
The Crop Protection Association (CPA) has said the Government must not impose unnecessary restrictions on pesticide use as it implements Common Agricu...
29-11-2013 09:08 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Neonicotinoid restrictions shroud crop future in uncertainty, NFU says
With only days to go before restrictions on crop protection products begin, the NFU has described the lack of an EU impact assessment to determine the...
24-10-2013 12:06 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
FUW brings farmyard to Gwledd Conwy Feast
An exhibition of live farm animals at one of Wales’ biggest festivals Gwledd Conwy Feast has been organised by the Farmers’ Union of Wales Caernarfons...
13-09-2013 04:21 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Battle for the bees
In 2009 it was estimated that services provided by pollinators are worth an annual £510m in crops to the UK. That's why declines in many insect pollin...
10-09-2013 08:30 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops, News
Government rejects case for ban on pesticides
The Government has rejected the scientific case for a ban on pesticides linked to bee decline, not only for crop-growing farmers but for people using ...
05-09-2013 07:45 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
US study examines 'cocktail of pesticides' that bees consume
A new US study has been released highlighting for the first time the diversity of ‘chemical cocktails’ bees are ingesting. The Soil Association is cal...
19-07-2013 08:50 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Archbishop becomes patron of Bees Abroad
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has agreed to become a patron of Bees Abroad, the charity seeking to reduce poverty in developing countries ...
28-06-2013 16:01 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Action on bees must be based on latest evidence, says NFU
Proposals for future action on bees must be based on all the evidence if they are to deliver real benefits, the NFU has told a major summit aimed at h...
06-06-2013 12:55 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Beekeepers lose one colony a year, says survey
Over three quarters of Scottish beekeepers lost at least one colony last winter, according to the first Scottish bee health survey which is published ...
05-06-2013 13:35 PM | News, NFU, Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops
Pollinators are an important part of our industry - NFU
It is in the agricultural industry’s interest to help pollinators as their decline is a complex issue, the NFU have said. The message comes as part...
05-06-2013 12:10 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Crucial habitats for birds and bees created at farm
Crucial habitats for birds and bees are being created at a dairy farm in the New Forest as hedgerows are restored and field borders rich with pollen a...
29-05-2013 10:47 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
EFSA assesses pesticide bee risks
The insecticide fipronil poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize, EFSA has concluded in a report requested by the...
13-05-2013 13:39 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Solitary bees thrive in flowering oilseed rape
Some species of native wild bees are thriving in the UK, largely thanks to the increase in oilseed rape area and the adoption of intensive minimal til...
08-05-2013 16:54 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
MEP slams Commission for dunking a ‘witch’
The European Commission has today (08.05.13) over-ridden the wishes of the UK government and restricted the use of certain insecticides from the neoni...
Insecticide restrictions 'will have a catastrophic impact'
The decision on Monday to introduce EU-wide restrictions on neonicotinoid insecticides linked to bee decline is 'likely to have catastrophic impacts f...
28-03-2013 16:28 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Studies show no link between insecticide and bee health
Two new pieces of research commissioned by the UK Government have found no evidence of a link between neonicotinoid insecticide use and bee health. ...
Deer cull logic must apply to badgers says FUW
As recent calls have highlighted the dangers of an increasing deer population, the Farmers' Union of Wales have called on scientists to recognise the ...
27-02-2013 16:40 PM | Animal Health, Bees and Beekeeping, News
Neonicitinoids decision must not be rushed - Paterson
Owen Paterson has urged the EU health commissioner not to rush into a decision on the use of neonicitinoids. The Secretary of State wants a decisio...
12-02-2013 10:34 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Commission amending honey law to hide GM pollen
EU Member States are set to discuss the Commission's proposal to amend the Honey Directive in what is widely believed to be an attempt to circumvent t...
08-02-2013 09:04 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, Finance, News, Property News
Bee population at risk over EU cuts
An already declining bee population could be dealt further blows if cuts to greener farming projects are made at the EU summit. EU leaders are meet...
Restrictions on neonicotinoid 'would put £630m at risk'
A comprehensive review of the value of neonicotinoid seed treatment released today in Brussels has prompted further concerns from UK agriculture about...
10-01-2013 11:36 AM | Animal Health, Bees and Beekeeping, News
Government to combat declining bee population
New plans to prevent a declining bee population by protecting hives from pests and diseases has been unveiled today. Defra and the Welsh Government...
18-12-2012 09:33 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Arable
Open Farm Sunday insect survey highlights pollinator activity on farms
The results of a unique insect survey involving a collaboration of general public and scientists has highlighted the wealth of pollinating bees and ot...
25-06-2012 15:09 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Co-operative's habiltat Heroes hailed a success
The Co-operative Group is celebrating the first anniversary of its ground-breaking Habitat Heroes projects, to protect and preserve endangered wildlif...
22-06-2012 09:12 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, News, Poultry
Eggs from Wheat?
One in three young people who took part in a recent survey did not know that eggs came from hens. The survey was conducted on behalf of Linking Env...
11-04-2012 07:19 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
UK faces £1.8bn annual bill without bees
It would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees – 20% more than previously thought – according to new research launc...
Bee health a top priority, says crop protection boss
Rejecting calls for a ban on certain insecticidal seed treatments, the crop protection industry has moved to highlight the regulatory controls and ste...
07-02-2012 07:42 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Shows and Events
Scientist’s highlights efforts to get bees buzzing
A scientist at the University of Reading has called for immediate action to save pollinating insects crucial to British wildlife and the economy. ...
02-02-2012 16:31 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Renewables
LEAF Marque farmer gets the nation buzzing
LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Marque farmer, Duncan Farrington has achieved national recognition for his work to enhance biodiversity on his ...
12-12-2011 12:31 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Biodiversity to benefit as wildlife protocol recruits first glasshouse grower
One of the country’s leading glasshouse growers of herbs, cress and tomatoes is the first of its kind to sign up to the Conservation Grade proto...
04-10-2011 11:43 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Lottery funding helps bee conservationists
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has stepped in to help stop the serious decline in the country’s bumblebee population. Today HLF announced a gra...
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